Lifestyle and People Draws New Financial Controller Home

Tracey Johnstone is happy to have found a company to work for that aligns with what she holds high.

The new GHL financial controller says it’s heartening to work for an organisation that has strong community values.

“I like what GHL stands for,” says Ms Johnstone, who joined the company in early December. “It means something and you can see you are adding value to the community.”

The chartered accountant has headed home to take up the new position. Ms Johnstone has been in the UK for the past 20 years before deciding it was time to head back Down Under.

She had grown up in Gisborne before heading to university then London where she spent a decade working for banking giant HSBC. Over the years she has worked in all aspects of accounting.

At the end of August she headed back to New Zealand, however home town Gisborne wasn’t really on her radar so she looked to Auckland for work and as a place to live.

“I quickly realised I had to drive miles for a mountain bike or to get to the beach,” she said.

Wellington also quickly got the brush off too.

“My heart just wasn’t in it down there.”

During it all, she had thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Gisborne, where her parents John and Sharyn still live.

“It just felt right to come home to Gisborne,” she said. “It is a place you come back to for its lifestyle and the people.”